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LAist DVD Review: Bigger Stronger Faster*

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Director Chris Bell bulks up...thanks to steroids and Photoshop. Photo courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

The Governator. Gubenador. Ahhnold. The Schwarz. If you ask some Democrats in Sacramento, I’m sure our Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger could be called a lot worse, too. There is one little bit of nomenclature, however, that I am sure our state’s man in charge would rather not hear: steroid user.

The truth, however, is that Conan himself, the former chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, is an admitted user of anabolic steroids. And it is precisely this laughable level of hypocrisy that Bigger Stronger Faster* looks to exploit in it’s DVD release. Already a well-received film on the silver screen, newcomer Chris Bell’s documentary hopes to gather some more muscle on the DVD circuit. And by the look of things, it has plenty of reason to flex proudly.

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Bigger Stronger Faster* makes every attempt to inject itself into the same vein as the slew of widely available Michael Moore debunk-umentaries, which is initially surprising, since most of us believe quite widely that steroids and other performance enhancements are morally and physically abhorrent. Terrible tragedies like former professional wrestler Chris Benoit and media buzzwords (‘roid rage, et al.) have conditioned most Americans to accept the underground phenomenon of steroid and Human Growth Hormone (HGH) use as something to be shunned, for fear it may spread and lead to nationwide disaster. Not to mention the tarnishing of the great American past time. But where are the statistics? Where is the long-term research dedicated to the use of performance enhancers?